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Stargaze with our Telescope!

The library now has a telescope which can be checked out and taken home - use it to spend a summer night stargazing in your own back yard!

Instructions and tips on what to look for are included. Must be checked out by an adult 18 or older. Please ask at the desk for more details!
Knit in 
Public Day

Participate in World-Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 13th!

All are welcome to join Knitting on the Common. The event will be held from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, you are welcome to drop by at anytime for as long as you like!

Bring a chair, we will knit and socialize, encourage people to learn how to knit, and share ideas and projects.

Hope for good weather (no rain date), and be sure to bring sunscreen and water, too!
Book a Librarian

Curious about how to download ebooks to your ereader or tablet - or even just how to use it in the first place? 

"Book a Librarian" to show you how!

Call 508-764-5426 or email Ashley 
[email protected] to schedule a 
20-30 minute appointment.
Discounted and Free Museum Admission

The library offers passes to a variety of area museums and attractions! 


Locations include:

-Old Sturbridge           Village


-Mystic Aquarium

-Roger Williams Zoo

-Tower Hill Botanic       Gardens

-Worcester Art           Museum

-Fruitlands Museum

-USS Constitution

-MA ParksPass


See our website for discount details and more information.


Thank you to the Friends of the Jacob Edwards Library for sponsoring this program!

Teen Survey

All teens are invited to take our survey! Tell us what you want to see at JEL!

Library eBooks!


You can download FREE ebooks from the library!

Library ebooks, MP3 audiobooks, and videos are available to download for Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Androids, Nooks, and other devices! 


Just visit the Digital Catalog to get started.

Knitting with Sonya 


From 10:30-12:30 every Tuesday, come join our knitting circle in the Reading Room! Any handcrafters are welcome to join, whatever your level of experience.

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JEL News & Events

June 2015


Summer Reading for all ages begins July 1! Keep an eye on our website for more information as it becomes available. We have some great prizes and programs coming up - this year's theme is all about heroes - not only of the superhero variety, but also the everyday heroes who make a difference in our lives. 

Please read on for more information on all of this month's events, and more library news.

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June's JEL Staff Picks 

Looking for a good book? Here are some that JEL staff have recently enjoyed! Clicking on the title will take you right to

the library's catalog, where you can check to see if it's available, and put a hold on popular titles.
Book Club: Hannah's Left Hook
Monday, June 1 at 6:30 pm


All are welcome to join us for a discussion of Brian McKeown's Hannah's Left Hook in the Reading Room. New participants are always welcome (no commitment!). The book club will take a break in July, and return in August with a discussion of Tobias Wolf's memoir This Boy's Life. Copies will be available at the Information Desk for checkout in July.


"Through countless scrubbings of St. Lawrence's Church floor, a poor washerwoman develops a devastating left hook. During the Great War she persuades the Birkenhead Shipyard to hire her as its first female laborer, beginning her transformation into a working-class legend.

Set in northwest England, Hannah's Left Hook is a story of survival, feisty determination, and the occasional black eye. Hannah Corcoran and her family battle their way through the tumultuous events of the first half of the twentieth century. Whether it's a butcher who thumbs his scales, a foreman who exploits female shipyard workers while their husbands and brothers fight the Great War, an agent provocateur who escalates the food riots of 1932, or a sergeant who drafts under-age boys during WW II-Hannah's left hook strikes to defend the rights of the unemployed and the oppressed.

Artful Friends Opening Reception featuring Jazz music by Brooks Milgate
Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 pm  


The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library will hold its 10th annual Artful Friends Raffle in June. This will be the monthly art exhibit in the main reading room of the library. The Artful Friends Raffle consists of donated art - paintings, photos, collage, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, cards, fabric art and other handmade items, along with gift certificates from local restaurants. People can buy $5 raffle cards, with 25 chances to win, and deposit the attached numbers in boxes of the items they hope to win. 

The Artful Friends Raffle will have an opening reception on Thursday, June 4 at 6:30 pm. Brooks Milgate will perform jazz selections on keyboard in the Reading Room, as people peruse the donated artand gift certificates and purchase raffle cards. This event is free and open to the public. The only charge is for the $5 raffle tickets, should you wish to purchase one. The Artful Friends Raffle helps to support the library programs funded by the Friends group.

Ten years ago Gregory Maguire, author of "Wicked" came to speak at Jacob Edwards Library for the first Pride in Southbridge event. The first raffle was held at the same time. Since then a variety of programs have featured authors, musicians and speakers as part of the Pride in Southbridge events. The Raffle drawing will coincide with this year's event on Thursday, June 25. The program, yet to be determined, will take place at 6:30 pm, the Raffle drawing at 7:30 pm.

The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library would like to acknowledge and thank all the supporters who have helped to make this Raffle a success for the past 10 years! For more information, or to make a donation, please contact the library.

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 3:00 pm (right after school)


All teens and tweens (ages 12-18) are welcome to join us for Teen Tuesdays! Stop by the Pioppi Room every Tuesday for video gaming, crafts, movies, Anime, and more - we'll have something different every week.


This month's schedule:


June 2: Wii Gaming - Drop in to play some Wii games!


June 9: Movie - The Spiderwick Chronicles - Rated PG. See it on the big screen in the Pioppi Room!


June 23: Craft Day - Origami - Try your hand at origami! We'll have origami paper and some instructions, drop in and get crafty

Sorry, no Teen Tuesdays on 

June 16 and June 30


Library Box Office: Robot & Frank
Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 pm


"Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank's son chooses a different option: against the old man's wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. 

What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places. Starring an ensemble cast led by Academy Award nominee Frank Lengella (2008, Best Actor, Frost/Nixon), Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon (1995, Best Actress, Dead Man Walking), Liv Tyler and James Marsden. "

Rated PG-13. Running time: 85 minutes.

All screenings are held in the Pioppi Room, lower level.
Felix Gatineau Bas Relief Dedication
Wednesday, June 24 at 3:00 pm


The community is invited to attend a dedication ceremony for the Felix Gatineau bas relief on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 (St. Jean Baptiste Day).


Guest speakers will be:

Dr. Claire Quintal, professor emeritus Assumption College and 

Mr. Theodore Bartlett, Union St. Jean Baptist, Chapter 12.


Felix Gatineau was the leader of the French Canadian community in Southbridge. Although born in Canada, he moved to town when he was twenty and spent the next fifty years working tirelessly on behalf of the residents, serving in many positions of honor and trust, including: Representative MA Legislature 1906, 1920-21, 1927; Selectman 1893; Charter member Co. K sixth regiment MVM.

Felix Gatineau bronze relief by Lucien H Gosselin (1883-1940). Mr. Gosselin also created the bust at the intersection of Main and South Streets.

Gift of the Members of Union St. Jean Baptiste - Chapter 12, Southbridge, MA. 

Pride in Southbridge and 
Artful Friends Raffle Drawing
Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 pm


The Annual Pride in Southbridge 2015 will feature two speakers 

from SpeakOUT Boston. Their motto being "Ask Us Anything," the speakers will be open to discussion on any GLBT topic. SpeakOUT "works to create a world free of homo-bi-trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of people's lives."


The drawing for the Artful Friends Raffle prizes will take place immediately following the discussion, at 7:30 pm. Winners need not be present to win - we will call you and let you know if you name is picked! - but all are welcome. We hope to see you there!


Stay tuned for more information about our Summer Reading Program! We have some great activities planned. Registration starts July 1, 2015!

Camp Jacob Edwards Library
with Julie Hurley

Monday, June 29 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
School is out! Come join Julie Hurley as we turn the Children's Room into Camp JEL! We will sing silly camp songs (Repeat-o style), play crazy camp games, and hear funny fireside stories! This is an inclusive program.

Julie Hurley has been a Creative Arts Therapist for more than twenty years. She works as a therapist for You Inc. Southbridge and is on the faculty of Springfield College in the Art Therapy Department. Ms. Hurley has lived in Southbridge for the last ten years. 

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Grant is made possible by the Holtz-Tetreault family. 


Sensational Movement 

with Gina Iadarola

and Vickie Ludden 


Tuesday, June 30  


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   





Join us for a class that focuses on sensory awareness/development, dance, and movement with Gina Iadarola and Vickie Ludden. The program will include yoga poses, various cultural dances, martial arts, and therapeutic dances. This is the first in a series of inclusive movement programs, stay tuned for more in July! Each class will focus on a theme introducing a sensory system, emotion, and specific activity and dance.  

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Grant is made possible by the Holtz-Tetreault family.



Pajama Story Time

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Join us to listen to some stories, sing some songs, and do a craft. This program is geared towards children ages 4-8, but all ages are welcome! Pajamas are optional. 


Super Kids Story Time 

Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.  

Come to story time! It is a fun morning of stories, songs, and sometimes dancing in the Children's Room. The story time is aimed at children aged 3-5, but all are welcome to join us. Come for story time and stay to do the craft! 




Crafty Wednesday 

Every Wednesday, all day long!   

Stop by the Children's Room on Wednesday to do a special craft. The crafts in June include a dinosaur, a caterpillar, a Father's Day card, and flying fish kite.We can't wait to see what the next crafts are! 



Lego Club

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

We'll bring the Legos, you bring the ideas! Each week there is a different theme, recent ones have included robots and spaceships.  This is a drop-in program, no need to sign up! If you are in the library, stop by the Children's Room to see different Lego projects on display.  

Toddler Time 
Fridays from 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. 
This program is designed for children under three and their caregivers, and includes songs, movement, and short stories for toddlers. The story time will be at 10:45, with playtime and music before and after. Join us for Toddler Time, and stay to check out our great collection of board books! *There will be no Toddler Time on Friday, June 5th*


No registration necessary for any of our regular programs!

Questions? Call 508-764-5427 or email  Betsy.  


Even when our doors are closed you can visit our website to download ebooks, renew and request materials, access online resources for homework, and so much more.  



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